University of Kent, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies


The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at the University of Kent offers a successful, interdisciplinary MA programme which attracts students from across the world. A thriving community of 80 enterprising, supportive graduate students study for research degrees and benefit from the Centre’s involvement in the prestigious EU-funded Erasmus Mundus doctoral programme, 'Text and Event in Early Modern Europe' (TEEME). Based in the historic city of Canterbury, we have close relationships with Canterbury Cathedral and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust which allow our students access to a wide range of unique historical, literary and material evidence.

Why study here?

Our highly-regarded MA programme provides excellent skills training, along with diverse study options and an inspiring and supportive environment for postgraduate research.

Here are some of the key reasons why we attract many students, both nationally and internationally:

An interdisciplinary approach

Our interdisciplinary approach combines intellectual breadth and specialist depth with the aim of encouraging academic excellence.

A historic location

The historic city of Canterbury is an important focus for literary, religious, archaeological and architectural study. All the Centre's students have access to the resources at Canterbury Cathedral, including the archives and library. Rochester Cathedral Library and the Kent History and Library Centre at Maidstone are other valuable local resources. The major collections in London are less than an hour away by train, and thanks to the Channel Tunnel, Paris and other European cities are within easy reach.

Key research skills

Our Masters programme emphasizes the acquisition of key research skills such as palaeography, codicology and Latin, which are also available to research students.

A vibrant research culture

Our weekly interdisciplinary research seminars are the cornerstone of a vibrant research culture, with thought-provoking papers from both internal and external speakers providing the occasion for lively discussion. There are opportunities throughout the year for students to present their own research to the Student Forum and at conferences.

Excellent library Collections

The University's Templeman Library is well stocked with relevant scholarly editions and studies, and the Special Collections section includes a significant number of facsimile manuscripts. Its library of John Crow includes early printed books, several hundred photocopies of scarce texts from the English literary Renaissance, and a large collection of textual material centred on works of Victorian and early twentieth-century scholarship. Nearby is the library of the Franciscan Studies Centre, housing an unusually wide collection of works in theology and church history.

A friendly Centre

Relationships in the Centre are friendly and informal, encouraging the exchange of ideas and enabling students to develop intellectual confidence.

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MA Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies brings together academic staff members from all the schools in the Faculty of Humanities, and offers postgraduate training in medieval and early modern research methods to students from many different disciplines. [+]

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies brings together academic staff members from all the schools in the Faculty of Humanities, and offers postgraduate training in medieval and early modern research methods to students from many different disciplines. The Centre has a reputation as a vigorous and supportive community of teachers and postgraduate students, with a strong, focused identity. Our location in the historic city of Canterbury offers you the opportunity to experience medieval and early modern art and architecture at first hand. The Centre enjoys a close relationship with Canterbury Cathedral Archives, the Cathedral Library and Canterbury Archaeological Trust, allowing you access to a wide range of unique historical, literary and material documents. We are also in easy reach of London and continental Europe. Course structure This unique interdisciplinary programme provides the opportunity for intensive historical, literary and art-historical study. It challenges you to engage with the evidence and methods of different disciplines in order to equip you with the wide range of research techniques crucial for studying the period. The MA provides a thorough grounding in the skills required for advanced study in the medieval and early modern periods, as well as a compulsory module in disciplinary methods and an exciting and varied range of optional modules. In addition, you produce a final dissertation of 12-15,000 words, for which you receive one-to-one supervision. Modules The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. Learning outcomes This programme aims to: provide you with a thorough grounding in the techniques and approaches necessary for advanced research in the medieval and early modern periods introduce you to a wide range of literary and historical sources and to encourage you to identify and develop your own interests and expertise in the medieval and early modern periods enable you to undertake interdisciplinary work enable you to understand and use a variety of concepts, approaches and research methods to develop an understanding of the differing and contested aspects between and within the relevant disciplines develop your capacities to think critically and to argue a point of view with clarity and cogency, both orally and in written form develop your abilities to assimilate and organise a mass of diverse information offer you the experience of a variety of teaching, research and study skills develop your independent critical thinking and judgement promote a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that provides breadth and depth of intellectual inquiry and debate assist you to develop cognitive and transferable skills relevant to your vocational and personal development offer you learning opportunities that are enjoyable, involve realistic workloads, are pedagogically based within a research-led framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Knowledge and understanding You will gain knowledge and understanding of: the importance of considering continuities as well as decisive breaks in the transition from the medieval to early modern periods the value of original materials to study local and regional history and literature. [-]


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